Last Updated: June 2016
Creatures of the night, vampires, flying rats. These are just a couple of the names bats are referred to as. Popular culture over the years have led people to associate bats as dark menacing flying supernatural animals, a common decor cut-out for Halloween. In reality, bats are like any other wildlife animal who simply goes about its routine, looking for food, finding shelter, raising its young. Bats are incredible creatures with interesting abilities and skills that aid them in their everyday life. Regardless of their skill set, though, you probably wouldn’t want to be faced one-on-one with a bat without the necessary equipment, experience and training needed. Whether it is in your workplace, or your home, bats indoors can be a difficult thing for people to deal with that occurs more often than expected and if it does happen, be sure to call for bat control from a professional Toronto bat removal service company to help you out.
About Toronto Bats
As previously mentioned, bats are interesting creatures. Not only are the interesting, but on a more serious note, bats are an endangered species. The most common bat found in Toronto is the Little Brown Bat. They have brown fur and grow to about 4-5 cm long with a wingspan of about 22-27 cm. They are the only species of mammals that fly and can weigh from 4-11 grams and have poor eyesight. Little Brown Bats are nocturnal and are often found in dark spaces like caves and abandoned buildings. In the city, bats can also be commonly found in places like the attic, soffits. Bats hibernate during the winter season, from about October to March depending on the weather conditions. Little Brown Bats feed on insects, mosquitoes and moths.
Here are some quick interesting facts about Bats
- There are about 8 species of bats in Toronto
- Baby bats are able to find food for themselves and fly at just only 3 weeks, almost fully independent at 4 weeks
- Due to their poor eyesight, bats use echolocation, an action where they omit a high-frequency sound that bounces of objects that helps them create a mental image to find their way
- Their ability to use echolocation is so accurate that they are able to track small insects, moths and their quick pace
- Little Brown Bats give bird to 1 pup (baby bat) at a time
- Little Brown Bats are most active around 3 hours after sunset
- Can squeeze into spaces as small as mm
- Female bats can control their pregnancy by storing sperm from the fall and getting pregnant in more favorable conditions in the spring
Decline of Little Brown Bats
There has been a decline in the population of bats. Bats are an endangered species and have been added to the Species at Risk Ontario list on January 24th, 2013. The reason for their decline can be contributed by the threat of White Nose Syndrome. White Nose Syndrome is a disease that is presumed to be brought to North American from Europe. The fungus that affects the bats grow in places that are moist, cold humid, such as caves where they most commonly hibernate. According to Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry on the official Ontario website, White Nose Syndrome affects the wing membrane of the bat, which controls their water balance. When this occurs, bats can wake up due to thirst during their hibernation in the wintertime and when this happens they use up their body fat supply.
Toronto Bat Removal
When dealing with a bat in the house or in the workplace, its best to call for a professional Toronto Bat Removal service. With Little Brown Bats being endangered, for their safety and for yours, calling a trained technician with expertise and experience can help remove the bat from your property safely and humanely. At SOS Wildlife Control Incorporated, Toronto Bat Removal occurs from soffits and attics. The technicians analyze the situation by determining the point of entrance, to see if there is only 1 or multiple. A one-way door is installed and the Ministry of Health is contacted. At that point, either SOS Wildlife Control Incorporated technician drops the bat off, or someone is sent to pick the bat up to undergo testing. Although the fear of bats and rabies is present, the actual rate of bats who carry the rabies virus is small. Testing is done as a precaution. More common than rabies is a disease called Histoplasmosis. This is contracted through bat guano (bat droppings) and can cause flu-like symptoms, such as a feeling light headed, loss of appetite, headaches or more. For these reasons and more, it is a better solution to call for a professional to handle Toronto Bat Removal rather than trying to take care of it yourself and risk being exposed to Histoplasmosis or other common wildlife germs that can be contracted. Trying to handle Toronto Bat Removal yourself can result in getting hurt, or in harming the bat. Neither of these should have to happen.
If you notice signs of wildlife in your house give us a call. At SOS Wildlife Control Incorporated, we provide superior bat removal services for residential, commercial, and industrial clients. Let us help you solve your wildlife problems. Taking action before it’s too late will help eliminate animal damage repair costs. We can easily be reached at 1-800-981-0330. Don’t wait and call us to schedule an appointment for a thorough inspection to help evacuate all your unwanted wildlife guests in the most humane way possible.
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